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Issue No: 174
June 19, 2010

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World Refugee Day 2010

A description given by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, declares that a refugee is someone who has been put on to run away from his or her country due to harassment, war, or hostility. As a result, the refugee's revisit to his or her home country is prohibited for the reason of the terror of harassment on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political judgment and devotion in a particular social group.

The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is remembered on June 20 every year. This occasion respects the bravery, power and strength of mind of women, men and children who are required to flee their mother country under danger of discrimination, clash and aggression. The day is devoted to lift up consciousness of the state of affairs of expatriates all through the world. The day is a greeting to the strength and bravery of the world's many refugees, forwarding to them our back up, support and admiration. There are just about 40 million people on the earth who have been expatriated from their homes due to hostility and maltreatment, and in the prospect this number will amplify due to more and more complex issues, such as the sprain on civilizations and economies from harsh transformations in climates. Roughly a third of refugees are public who have run away their nations because of civil wars and racial, ancestral and religious brutality. They were forced to escape, they have lost the whole thing and they can't revisit their home nation. On the other hand, many of them decline to give up hope. Commemorating their bravery and guts and make them see our support is what World Refugee Day is all about.

World Refugee Day history
For years, many nations and districts have been holding their own events parallel to World Refugee Day. One of the most extensive proceedings is Africa Refugee Day, which is notable on June 20 in many countries. The UN General Assembly espoused a decree to state its solidarity with Africa on December 4, 2000.

The decree noted that 2001 was the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention connecting to the position of refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) decided to have International Refugee Day happen together with Africa Refugee Day on June 20. The Assembly consequently decided that June 20 would be observed as World Refugee Day from 2001 onwards. This day was chosen by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to bring concentration to the dilemma of around 14 million refugees round the world.

World Refugee Day events and activities
People credit the guts and bravery of millions of refugees globally on World Refugee Day. It is a day to highlight the contributions of refugees in their society. Associations for instance Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) frequently get occupied in a variety of activities for the day. They may include:

Campaigners remonstrate against making use of prisons to hold migrants and asylum seekers.
Screenings of movies about the life styles of asylum seekers living in western nations.
Association members trip to asylum seekers in imprisonment to offer moral support.
Notes and appeals to governments on the management of asylum seekers in custody.

Some group of people devote a complete week that comprises World Refugee Day to cheer people to feel about the lives of refugees and the human right to a safe place to that one may refer to as “home”.

The UN Refugee Agency's (UNCHR) emblem is frequently connected with the day. The colours used are either white on a blue backdrop or blue on white backdrop. The logo comprises olive twigs that represent tranquility surrounding or shielding two hands in front of each other and in the centre a shape of a person shielded by these hands. The logo is at times featured with the words “UNHCR”, tagged on by “The UN Refugee Agency” in minor text to mark the logo.

The UNHCR in Canada makes use of an unusual World Refugee Day symbol that comprises two figures one smaller figure on the left and a taller figure on the right. They are confined by brackets or half circles. The words “World Refugee Day” are positioned at the centre apex of the figures, and “20 June” is positioned at below the figures at the centre. All the constituents of the logo are in the single shade green.

This year
This year's World Refugee Day on June 20 has as its theme, "Home," in recognition of the plight of more than 40 million uprooted people around the world. Around 10 million of them are refugees of special concern to UNHCR.

UNHCR helps people find new homes and new futures through resettlement, through voluntary repatriation and through local integration. Most of the time, and where it's possible, refugees prefer to return to their home countries. Nonetheless, and with conflict continuing or escalating in many countries, finding new homes and allowing people to restart their lives is increasingly difficult.

This year, for World Refugee Day, UNHCR is planning events around the world to highlight the plight of refugees under their care and to advocate on their behalf for the help they need.

Source: UNHCR and Altius Directory.


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